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Works Manager, Somerset Regional Council
District Director (Darling Downs),
Department of Transport and Main Roads
Manager Works, Goondiwindi Regional Council
Maddy Stahlhut (Ambassador)
What an amazing event in Gatton! 191 delegates – a record branch conference for IPWEAQ – were treated to a strong program of 18 high quality papers. Best paper award winner, Brendan Sippel from Lockyer Valley Regional Council will now present at the Annual Conference in October on the Cemetery Operations Improvement Project. Andrew Johnson was a close second for his presentation on the award-winning Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT). Voting was close with four highly commended papers delivered by Peter Reynolds (TMR), Andrew Thompson (Water Technology), Michael Kinion (Somerset Regional Council) and Isaac Kirsch (TMR). It was great to see so many younger members presenting papers, as well as our Ambassador, Maddy Stahlhut chairing a session.
A huge thanks again to the Proterra Group for sponsoring our conference dinner – an American themed barbeque which was followed by barefoot bowls. Notably however, most engineers were to be found around the bar instead of on the greens.
Our 22 trade exhibitors kindly donated a range of prizes for our MSQ raffle and we raised $950 for the President’s Charity. See photos on our Facebook page!
Our event coincided with International Women's Day and we celebrated with a morning tea sponsored by GHD. Three past winners of the IPWEAQ Woman in Engineering award talked about their experiences in our sector including our President, Seren McKenzie, Nadia Ives of GenEng Solutions and myself.
And many thanks also to our other conference sponsors: GenEng Solutions and Shepherd: asset management solutions (formerly Shepherd Services) for your ongoing support of our community.
We were also very proud to launch TEAM IPWEAQ our new Bike Club. The inaugural ride took in 30kms of the award-winning Brisbane Valley Rail Trail from Toogoolawah to Moore. We had a fabulous time and look forward to making this a regular occurrence in our programming. The Team rides again in the Brissie to Bay, 16 June 2019.
Our 2020 conference will be held in Stanthorpe, 27-29 February with a Call for Papers to be issued later this year however please feel free to send your abstracts to Craig Moss, Director Professional Development at any time. Our Bike Club tour next year will be through the local Stanthorpe wineries so be sure to stay on an extra night to join us!
Finally, please be sure to read the International Study Tour report on pages 38-45 by SWQ Branch member, Ashlee Jesshope who won an IPWEA Queensland Foundation scholarship to Barcelona to attend the Smart City Expo World Congress. We look forward to learning more about the tour from Ashlee when she returns to Australia from her secondment in the UK.
SWQ Branch President